A Different Kind of Secret Santa


I'll admit that I'm not the most well-informed citizen.  I never watch the news on television. Many milspouses have had a rocky relationship with television news, especially during a deployment. Several years ago, I realized how much all of the negativity affected my everyday thought processes, and I decided it was easier to read news online instead of watching it. I scan the headlines, but only click through to read about a third of the stories.  Even then, I generally skim articles.

But I read every word of this one.  Fox News reports that anonymous donors have been paying off layaway balances of Christmas accounts at various Kmart stores.  The article reports that the benefactors have been asking to pay accounts that include orders for toys for young children.

I wish I could have seen the looks on these parents' faces when they realized that their layaway balances had been paid.  This quote in particular brought tears to my eyes:

Store employees reached one beneficiary on her cellphone at Seattle Children's Hospital, where her son was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

"She was yelling at the nurses, `We're going to have Christmas after all!"' store manager Josine Murrin said.

I'm a sucker for a happy story.  Do you have any happy stories to share? Show Full Article

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